RedHawks skate in both Chicago Catholic Hockey League, Hayes-Suburban Division
By Ross Forman – Jack Molenhouse is having quite the season for Marist in the Hayes-Suburban Division: 16 goals, 18 assists in 21 games played. He has 1 hat trick, 5 multi-goal games and only been held point-less in 6 games.
The RedHawks are 14-6-1 (29 points), only trailing league leading AWFM (38 points) and MidValley (33).
“Marist is one of the stronger teams in the league,” said Homewood Flossmoor head coach Wayne Perry, whose team has lost 2 of the 3 games it has played this season against Marist. “It’s always a competitive game when we play Marist. They have a lot of seniors; you can really tell they are a strong group, with the older players really working hard to get the younger kids ready to play.
“They move the puck really well, work really hard in all three zones and are just tough to beat.”
After an 8-game Hayes-Suburban Division winning streak, Marist sputtered in mid-January with back to back losses, both to AWFM (3-1 and 4-0).
“It is really nice to see how they work as a team on the ice,” Perry said of the RedHawks, anchored in goal by Michael Fischer, who has a 12-4 record in the Hayes-Suburban Division, with 4 shutouts and a 2.18 goals-against average. “Their goaltender is really strong in net, is having a really good season. He has good rebound control, makes a lot of big saves.”
Marist is 4-12-1-1 in the Chicago Catholic Hockey League.
Brendan Sise leads Marist in Catholic League play, with 9 goals, 8 assists in 18 games. Jack Christie and Molenhouse each have 16 points in Catholic League play. Jonathan Malfas leads the team with 11 assists in the CCHL.
They certainly are rebuilding at Marist – and the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely within sight.
Marist certainly lives by the student-athlete tag, with emphasis on the student portion. Just consider:
- They have the highest GPA of any sport or club at the school, and Molenhouse had a perfect score on his ACT.
- They raised more than $13,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s “Athletes vs Cancer” campaign, which was the most of any high school or college in the country.
- The team is working with the school guidance department on another service project for the end of this season dealing with mental health awareness, an important topic for players and families.
“They’re a decent team, a physical team,” said AWFM head coach Matt Benton, whose team skated away with a 4-0 outdoor win over Marist in Rosemont.
Molenhouse is a speedy forward with strong work-ethic in the corners. Malfas is an anchor on defense. And Fischer is one of the most talented, underrated goaltenders. “Fischer is pretty legit,” Benton said.
Last season, the Marist JV made it to the CCHL semifinals, and they are having an incredible season this year too with a 12-6 CCHL record and 20-1-0-1 mark in the Hayes-Suburban Division. Between the two leagues they have won their last 25 games.
The future is bright for Marist varsity.
Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.